Jurgen Klopp Hints Daniel Sturridge Could Stay at Liverpool Amid Exit Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2018

BURY, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool in action during a pre-season friendly match between Bury and Liverpool at Gigg Lane on July 14, 2018 in Bury, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said Daniel Sturridge still has a future at Anfield amid speculation he could leave the club this summer.

According to Carl Markham of Press Association Sport (h/t MailOnline), Sturridge—who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion—has been linked with Sevilla and Besiktas, but Klopp hinted that the striker might stay put when he spoke after a goalless draw with Bury in a pre-season friendly:

"It's funny. This is my third pre-season, and every year we talk about the same things! It's no problem. I always said there is a future. It's about what we do in the moment.

"At the moment, it's all good and we don't have to make decisions. I don't think about my players like this—like, maybe he's in or out."

Though he did not get on the scoresheet during his 45 minutes on Saturday, Sturridge has looked quite good in pre-season and scored two goals against Chester, which prompted football journalist Leanne Prescott to reaffirm her admiration for the striker:

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

Still love Sturridge.

The 28-year-old used to be a key player for the Reds but has fallen out of favour in recent years because of a combination of injuries and Roberto Firmino's emergence as an outstanding first choice in Klopp's fluid attacking system.

When Sturridge departed for West Brom in January, football writer Joel Rabinowitz reflected on the forward's time at Anfield:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

At his peak, Sturridge was right up there as one of the very best strikers in Europe. An unbelievable talent and a joy to watch. Such a shame injuries have prevented him from sustaining those levels. All the best @DanielSturridge. Been a pleasure.

Sturridge made just six appearances for the Baggies, though, and all but one of which were cameos.

It's difficult to imagine the forward earning a significant amount of minutes if he remains at Liverpool next season. But given Danny Ings has decided to move on in search of game time, per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, the Reds may need to keep Sturridge to ensure they have enough cover for Firmino.

If the striker does stay, he will need to take every opportunity he's given to revive his stalling career while he's still relatively young.